Two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one in the state of Louisiana and one in the Philippines will be moving to Phase 2 operations beginning Monday, Nov. 16, with a temple in the United States’ Northeast having dropped back to Phase 1.
More than 90% of the Church’s 160 available temples have reopened after the late March closures due to the global COVID-19 pandemic — and 85% of the 151 reopened temples are already in Phase 2 of the Church’s four-phase plan.
In the 28th week of announcing reopenings, the Church’s planned changes for Nov. 16 include the following temples moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2:
- Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
- Cebu City Philippines Temple
Phase 2 allows for the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals, with Phase 1 limited to living husband-and-wife sealings.
- Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple moving to Phase 1
Meanwhile, local COVID-19 guidelines have resulted in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple returning to Phase 1 operations. Initially reopened on July 6, the Philadelphia temple had moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2 on Aug. 31 before the recent return.
Having temple operations paused or returned to a previous status because of local pandemic conditions or precautions has happened with a handful of temples previously. Such include “paused” designations in California and Mexico while waiting for local conditions to improve — the Los Angeles and Redlands temples remain “paused” after all seven temples in the state at one time were in that designation.
With the Phase 2 moves for the Baton Rouge and Cebu City temples, the Philippines will have both of its operating temples in the second phase, while the United States still will have five of its 84 reopened temples waiting to move into Phase 2.
By Nov. 16, the 127 Phase 2 reopenings will have occurred with temples in 32 nations across six continents and in 32 states.